What You Need to Know about Sleep Disorders
by John T. Peachey and Diane C. Zelman
November 2021, 178pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7336-2
$45, £35, 40€, A62
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Research suggests that approximately 40 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders annually, while an additional 20 million people experience occasional sleep problems.

This book provides readers with the information they need to know about sleep disorders: the process and purpose of sleep, the importance of good sleep hygiene, and the impact of modern life on our quality of sleep.

Good sleep is essential for optimal health, yet a number of sleep disorders can interfere with consistent, restful sleep. From insomnia to sleep apnea and from narcolepsy to restless legs syndrome, these conditions can have an enormous impact on both the quantity and quality of an individual's sleep.

What You Need to Know about Sleep Disorders is part of Greenwood's Inside Diseases and Disorders series. This series profiles a variety of physical and psychological conditions, distilling and consolidating vast collections of scientific knowledge into concise, readable volumes. A list of "Top 10" essential questions begins each book, providing quick-access answers to readers' most pressing concerns. The text follows a standardized, easily navigable structure, with each chapter exploring a particular facet of the topic. In addition to covering such basics as causes, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options, books in this series delve into issues that are less commonly addressed but still critically important, such as effects on loved ones and caregivers. Case illustrations highlight key themes discussed in the book and are accompanied by insightful analyses and recommendations.


  • A holistic approach to the subject covers often-overlooked areas, such as societal perceptions and the impact on family and friends
  • An Essential Questions section provides quick-access answers to the questions that readers are most likely to have
  • Case Illustrations provide relatable, real-world examples of concepts discussed in the text
  • An annotated Directory of Resources points readers toward useful books, organizations, and websites, acting as a gateway to further research
John T. Peachey, PsyD, is a medical psychologist specializing in behavioral sleep medicine at Camp Pendleton, California. He has coauthored multiple sleep research articles, developed and taught courses in sleep at several universities, and was selected as a William C. Dement Fellow for sleep research. He completed a fellowship in behavioral sleep medicine at Stanford University's School of Medicine and has worked internationally in military medicine.

Diane C. Zelman, PhD, is professor and director of the PhD program in clinical psychology at Alliant International University's California School of Professional Psychology in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is also an assistant clinical professor in the department of family and community medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. She has published extensively on topics in health psychology, particularly in studies of sleep, chronic pain, and addiction.


"Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates. Students in two-year technical programs. General readers."—Choice, August 1, 2022

Inside Diseases and Disorders

Greenwood’s Inside Diseases and Disorders series explores some of the key diseases and disorders, both physical and psychological, affecting the world today. Each book examines a condition holistically, covering such topics as signs and symptoms, causes and risk factors, diagnosis and management, and prevention. They also address broader issues of vital importance, including the effects on family and friends and medical and societal controversies related to the condition. Every book lists 10 “essential questions” readers are likely to have and features engaging case studies that offer real-world insights.
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